Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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Swanner: In this finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet: to save their friends. To do that they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Director Wes Ball finishes the series he started five years ago, along with screenwriter T.S. Nowlin, to give closure to James Dashner’s Maze Runner franchise.

After a three year delay, where lead actor Dylan O’Brien was hurt in a stunt accident, leaving this final film on hold, Director Ball and original cast came back to complete the film they had already started. Not a fan of the second film, I was hoping just to see it done with, but writer Nowlin, serving as screenwriter on all three films, kept the film running with a clear and complete story-line. All my questions were answered.

The film did feel a lot like the final Hunger Games film, where the heroes must break into the big city to resolve the conflict; in this case, of finding a cure to the disease destined to kill most of the world’s population. Coming in at 2:22,  I was surprised at how well the film moved. The film opens with a big action sequence and it really doesn’t slow down from there. Bringing the original cast back together also helped keep the continuity going by giving us  familiar faces we haven’t seen in years.  If you’re a fan of the franchise then yes, see the film in the theatres. It’s big and loud and gave me more than I was expecting.

Swanner: 3 stars

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